A building is a permanent construction or structure that is built for human habitation. It may be for housing, commerce, industry, education, or other purpose. Questions pertaining to the history and construction of structures which house people at work or home are found in this category.
Asked by Justus Rau in Architecture, Buildings, Homelessness
What is hostile architecture?
Hostile architecture, also known as defensive architecture, is a design strategy that aims to restrict certain behaviors in public spaces. The most well-known example is installing pointy studs, dubbed “anti-homeless spikes,” on benches and windowsills to make sleeping or loitering on them uncomfortable. Other methods look to deter skateboarding, littering, and public urination. Proponents say that these architectural obstacles are necessary to prevent crime and maintain order in urban areas. However, critics argue that they target vulnerable populations and create a public safety concern for all members of society, especially children, seniors, and people with disabilities.
Asked in Home & Garden, Buildings
Are the UPVC sliding doors and windows good to use in houses?
UPVC sliding doors and windows have an excellent reputation as being good to use in houses. They are termite proof, weather tight, and long lasting.The main advantage of UPVC window and door is its low thermal conductivity.Due to low thermal conductivity, UPVC windows are more energy efficient. That's why I have installed uPVC windows from Fenesta throughout in my office.
Asked in New York City, Buildings
How did the bombing of The World Trade Center in 1993 impact us today?
The bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 did not have a large impact on us today. It was the September 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Centers that had a great impact, with laws like the Patriot Act. Basically, the freedoms that were once enjoyed in the United States are not as dominant as they once were.
Asked in Buildings
What building still standing took the longest to build?
Asked by Nathaniel Lebsack in Buildings, Home Construction
What is a spite house?
A spite house is a building or home that’s been built or modified specifically to inconvenience or annoy the neighbors. One notable example is the Skinny House in Boston, Massachusetts. The story goes that two brothers fought over land they inherited from their father. While one of the brothers was away serving in the military, the other built a large home, leaving only a scrap of land left over that (he thought) was far too small to build on. When the second brother returned, he decided to construct a narrow house to spite his brother by blocking the sunlight and ruining his view.